Todd is bustin’ out all over this June
We got Music, Dancing and even some Tent Revivaling coming your way!
Greetings from downtown Todd!
Summer has come to the mountains and this little river town has got a whole lotta something going on!
Most of y’all know the Department of Transportation has been busy in the area… I heard today they’ve closed Cranberry Springs Road through Wednesday between Liberty Grove and 221 near Little Creek Road while they work on a pipe – I also heard there is no sign letting you know this. A couple weeks back, they laid oil and gravel down on Railroad Grade Road, but have since swept it so it’s not as gravelly – for all you cyclists out there.
There is so much going on this month!
Starting this Saturday, when the TCPO Free Summer Music Series kicks off with local blues band The King Bees. This legendary band hails from Todd but has played gigs from the capitols of Europe to NYC’s Lincoln Center to Delta juke joints, bringing their brand of Blues and American Roots music to fans for over 25 years. The King Bees will take the stage at Cook Memorial Park from 6-8pm. The TCPO will have grub on the grill so bring an appetite and chair or blanket and enjoy the show.
This weekend is also the Black and Blue Double Century Relay. The race start and finish down at the Riverside Restaurant. Riders will complete anywhere from 25 miles to 200 miles on a course that primarily follows scenic, country roads as it winds its way through the rural regions of North Carolina and Virginia’s High Country.
On Friday, June 14th, make plans for our monthly CommUnity Dance here at the Todd Mercantile. The dancing starts about 7:30pm. The Laurel Creek string band will be playing the tunes and Julie Gurganus and John Turner will be calling. Cost for the dance is 5.00 for the band and callers.
Then on Saturday the 22nd, the TCPO Free Summer Music Series continues with The Sons of Bluegrass. All the members of the band are Bluegrass majors at East Tennessee State University, the only school in the world currently offering a four year degree in Bluegrass, Country and Old Time Music. One of the ‘Sons’ is Boone native Meade Richter who was named mater Fiddler last year. The band has been recognized by the state of North Carolina as a championship Bluegrass band – and one you won’t want to miss!
The week of June 23rd through June 29th 17 local churches will be joining together to hold a Tent Revival at Cook Memorial Park. The week-long event will bring music every night along with choirs from all the churches and various speakers and preachers from the area.
Did you know that Rivergirl has Trashy Tuesdays? Tuesdays at 11:00….. Come help clean the river with Rivergirl and get a free kayak rental! A great family event and a wonderful way to meet other ‘caring’ folks of our rivers. A great cause… keeping it beautiful for everyone!
The Yoga instructors that held classes in the park last year both have moved out of Todd. If you know someone who might want to take their place, please have them contact either me or the TCPO. We have had a few people who would like to continue the tradition this summer.
The link I sent in my last email for pictures taken in Todd of the New River Marathon did not work. If you or someone you know ran in the marathon or helped at the Todd water station, you can check out the pictures taken here.
Don’t forget Father’s Day is coming up on June 16th! Maybe Dad would like one of our new Todd Mercantile T-shirts. If you haven’t stopped by the Mercantile this season, you’ll want to come and check out some of the cool new items we now carry.
Hope to see you soon in Todd!